A high school student in Edgemont is suspended and faces potential expulsion after cutting another student in the neck with a utility knife, according to authorities.
The incident happened Monday, said Dave Cortney, superintendent of the Edgemont School District. The students were using utility knives in an art class.
The wounded student was transported to a hospital and was treated and released, Cortney said. That student has since returned to school.
The student who wielded the utility knife has been suspended. Cortney said the district's policies dictate that a suspension lasts for 10 days, during which time an expulsion is considered. He said the consideration will happen at the school board’s Monday meeting. Expulsions last for one year, Cortney said.
Immediately after the incident, school district personnel enforced a lockdown to keep all other students inside other rooms. An ambulance crew and the Fall River County sheriff responded within minutes.
“It was an unfortunate situation,” Cortney said, “but I was really pleased with how everything was handled and how everybody responded.”
Cortney said he has discussed the use of utility knives in art class with his staff, and he indicated that the district is likely to continue using the knives.
"We'll continue to make sure that everybody's aware that it's still a dangerous item, but in the field of art, it's a part of that field sometimes," Cortney said.
Fall River County Sheriff Robert Evans said the incident is under investigation but declined to release further details, citing the juvenile status of the students involved.